Hattrick at Sea: Three sailing world championships at Fyn next year


In the summer of 2023, Fyn will host no less than three different World Championships at sea.  World champions will be crowned in Contender, women’s match race, and Melges 24.

Fyn once again prosper after the COVID 19. Fyn has secured no less than three World Championships for next summer. And they’re all going to take place at sea.

– Together with the municipalities, GoSail, Kerteminde Sailing Club, and Sport Event Denmark, we are proud to announce three World Championships to Fyn next summer. We thus mark ourselves as a unified event destination, which benefits from our geographical premise as an island with excellent sailing waters all around, says event manager at Destination Fyn, Jakob Staun.

The eyes of the world have previously been on both Kerteminde and Middelfart when it comes to sailing, as both cities have a strong tradition of staging  international sporting events. In Kerteminde, the CV includes World Championships in the Olympic windsurfing discipline RSX and the annual SailExtreme. At the same time, Middelfart has several times hosted the audience-friendly and exciting match racing competitions at the European Championships and the Nations Cup.

– We look forward to welcoming the many sailors to the city. Melges 24, in particular, attracts many people for several days for the benefit of our local businesses. With the World Championship in Match race, we also help give the locals a worthwhile sports experience up close. Unlike many other sailing events, match racing is audience-friendly and takes place close to the waterfront, where you can follow the competition while enjoying the exceptional atmosphere that buzzes at the marina at events like these, says Mayor of Middelfart ,Johannes Lundsfryd.

In Middelfart,  large parts of the event setup can be used to advantage by both events, and there will therefore be synergy to be gained from hosting. However, there are two different boat types and two very different target groups. While as a regular sailor, you can register for the World Championship in Melges 24, the match race competition is only for the elite.

Kerteminde is also looking forward to international guests next summer.

– We have just put the finishing touches on a local strategy for attracting events, which we have prepared in close collaboration with Destination Fyn. It is fantastic that we are now seeing the first tab of the strategy’s implementation with an event like the World Championship in Contender next summer. Kerteminde Sailing Club has done a great job and the club is ready to welcome the international sailors in new facilities at the harbour in the wake of the pandemic, says Mayor of Kerteminde, Kasper Ejsing Olesen.

According to Destination Fyn’s forecasts, the three events are expected to have a tourism economic effect of DKK 8.7 million. It is an excellent example of how the attraction of sporting events contributes to the restart of an industry that has been on its knees during the corona pandemic. It is estimated that the three events will generate around 5,000 overnight stays when sailors and their fellow travelers come for the  World Championships on Fyn next summer.

The Sport Event Denmark’s director, Lars Lundov, highlights exactly that aspect:

– The three World Sailing Championships at Fyn next year, provide up to 5000 overnight stays and help to brand Fyn and Denmark as a sailing nation and destination. Together with Destination Fyn, the municipalities, GoSail, and Kerteminde Sailing Club, we have set sails for 2023.